State Sen. Joe Robach, R-56th District, recently announced the induction of Col. Hector Alvarado, an active member in the Rochester veteran community, to the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.
This honor pays tribute to New Yorkers whose gallantry in the U.S. armed forces is complemented by their service to the community and their accomplishments as a civilian.
“The New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame gives special recognition to distinguished individuals as a way to express our deep gratitude and admiration,” Robach said. “I have known Hector Alvarado for many years. His dedication and love for his nation, his comrades and his community speaks for itself. He is certainly most deserving of this great honor.”
Alvarado was born and raised in a small village in the mountains of Cayey, Puerto Rico. After graduating from high school, he started a career as a public servant by joining the Puerto Rico Police as a cadet. At 19, he became the youngest law enforcement officer in the department. In 1974, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant.
Alvarado served in the U.S. Army, National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves. He served in the Multi-National Security Transition Command in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom II. In 2006, the League of United Latin American Citizens awarded Alvarado with the Excellence in Military Service Award.
Alvarado received 18 awards and decorations in recognition of his service and dedication to his community, including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Combat Action Badge and Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.
Alvarado continually seeks ways to be active in the local community and give back. He volunteers in local veteran organizations, and works as a probation officer for Monroe County. He and his wife, Helen, have been married for over 35 years and have one child together.
Alvarado was inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame during a ceremony in the Legislative Office Building in Albany. Each honoree’s photograph and biography are part of an online exhibit.
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